Adequate Remedy at Law

Adequate Remedy at Law

Sufficient compensation by way of monetary damages.Courts will not grant equitable remedies, such as Specific Performance or injunctions, where monetary damages can afford complete legal relief. An equitable remedy interferes much more with the defendant's freedom of action than an order directing the defendant to pay for the harm he or she has caused, and it is much more difficult for a court to supervise and enforce judgments giving some relief other than money. Courts, therefore, will compensate an injured party whenever possible with monetary damages; this remedy has been called the remedy at law since the days when courts of Equity and courts at law were different.

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248) After discussing the caselaw, which demonstrated that equity would not enjoin a tax unless there was no adequate remedy at law, the Court said:
Based on the latter considerations, the trial court denied the plaintiffs' motion for a temporary injunction and dismissed their complaint, concluding that they had an adequate remedy at law and, therefore, equitable relief was not available.
The government wanted a permanent injunction against Hicks because his conduct "causes irreparable harm to the United States and to the public for which there is no adequate remedy at law," the lawsuit said.
for an injunction: whether there was an adequate remedy at law.
Mandamus relief is available when a trial court abuses its discretion or violates a legal duty, and there is no adequate remedy at law.
The court further observed that a Writ of Mandamus is an "extraordinary remedy" that will issue only (1) to correct a clear abuse of discretion or the violation of a duty imposed by law, when (2) there is no adequate remedy at law.
The complaint cites ``irreparable harm from which there is no adequate remedy at law in that the project area and surrounding areas would be irrevocably altered and significant adverse impacts on the environment would occur.
The Court also denied Waddell's motions to set aside the jury's verdict or to order a new trial and denied United's motion for additional injunctive relief to prohibit future replacements of United policies by Waddell since United has an adequate remedy at law through additional litigation against Waddell.
Davenport presented no evidence for which there was no adequate remedy at law and denied him injunctive relief.
Addressing the issue of whether the estate would suffer irreparable injury if it were not granted relief, the court disagreed with the IRS's assertion that an adequate remedy at law existed in the present case in the form of a refund suit.
The judge also declared AK Steel and the other plaintiffs would have suffered irreparable harm for which there would have been no adequate remedy at law if the ordinance were enforced.